Facebook just announced the launch of a new Android beta testing program, which it will use to improve its Android app.
“The Facebook for Android beta program will help the team get direct feedback ahead of releases and fold it into new builds every month,” a Facebook spokesperson tells WebProNews. “People who opt-in to the beta program will have access to the latest versions of Facebook for Android 7-10 days before the general release.”
Anyone is free to join the program. You can do so here, then allow beta downloads by clicking “Become a Tester” in the Play Store. You have to join the Google Group before becoming a tester. From there, download the app to make sure you have it updated. Then, join the Facebook for Android Beta Testers group on Facebook and share your feedback.
“The openness of Android has allowed us to innovate and build awesome products like Home and features like Chat Heads,” Facebook for Android product manager Ragavan Srinivasan says. “We are in the early days of Google’s beta program, but we’re excited to work on extending our testing coverage at scale and providing the best app experience to everyone using Facebook.”
Facebook had a lot of nice things to say about Android in its announcement of the program, where you can read more about the company’s strategy for Android updates (which of course, is a bit more complicated than iOS due to fragmentation).